PM Khan ‘Extremely Disappointed’ Over Punjab Assembly Pay Rise Bill
Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed ‘extreme disappointment’ by Punjab Assembly’s decision to raise pay and privileges of MPAs, ministers and Chief Minister Usman Buzdar.
Khan took to Twitter to express his disappointment over the matter, saying that a pay rise was only justified if the performance of the provincial government was on par and the country was prospering.
I am extremely disappointed by decision of Punjab Assembly to raise pays & privileges of MPAs, Ministers & esp CM. Once prosperity returns to Pak such a move cld be justified, but now, when we do not have resources to provide basic amenities to all our people, this is untenable
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) March 14, 2019
He said in times when the government does not even have enough resources to fulfill the needs of people, such a move is unjustified and uncalled for.
On Wednesday, the Punjab Assembly passed the bill to increase perks and privileges of MPAs and other dignitaries from Punjab. The bill was passed in 5 minutes with a complete consensus.
As per the bill, the monthly salary of members, including perks and allowances, was raised from Rs83,000 to Rs210,000. MPAs basic salaries were increased from Rs18,000 to Rs80,000 while daily allowance was increased from Rs1,000 to Rs4,000.
Monthly salary of Punjab Govt ministers raised from Rs 39,000 to Rs 300,000
Monthly salary of Punjab Assembly Speaker raised from Rs 37,000 to Rs 200,000
Monthly salary of Punjab Assembly Dy Speaker raised from Rs 35,000 to Rs 185,000
All MPAs given access to airport VIP lounges
— omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) March 14, 2019
The Punjab chief minister will now be receiving a monthly package of over Rs350,000.
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry praised the decision earlier but later backtracked from his remarks. He said that maybe the Punjab government is in dark about the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s austerity drive.
Social Media Reacts To Punjab Assembly’s Decision
Journalist Hamid Mir asks Imran Khan to take action against those responsible for violating his austerity policy.
Thanks for expressing disappointment openly but you must take action against those who are responsible for violating your policy with the active support of opposition in Punjab Assembly https://t.co/B5vVcKP76U
— Hamid Mir (@HamidMirPAK) March 14, 2019
‘People are dying of hunger in the country and your MPAs are raising their salaries’
MR PM people of Pakistan dying of hunger and Punjab assembly led by your party passed bill 2enhance the salaries of MPA s THREE TIMES !!! will you ask them if they have shred of shame!! How could U sleep with calm tonight when your legislatures are sleeping on skeletons of poor !
— Kamran Shahid (@FrontlineKamran) March 13, 2019
‘Shame on Usman Buzdar and the entire Punjab Assembly’
FOR TRIPLING THE SALARY OF THE #CM.
For giving a house to the CM after retirement. A 2500 cc SUV.
This is not gonna work with the ones who voted for you.
THIS DECISION HAS TO BE REVERESED
— Mir Mohammad Alikhan (@MirMAKOfficial) March 14, 2019
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